Research undertaken as part of a doctoral or Master's research program is directed and supervised by a dissertation or thesis committee. The committee is appointed by the end of the first term of registration in the thesis or dissertation - regulations are listed in the Graduate Calendar,
Guidelines for conducting Final Oral Defenses & requirements for attendance at defenses are available from the "Forms" webpage
- If the research involves human ethics, the faculty supervisor is responsible for the conduct of the study, the ethical performance of the project, and the protection of the rights and welfare of human participants. With the signed approval of the faculty supervisor, the graduate student submits an application to the Research Ethics Board. Research involving human subjects, including secondary use of data, cannot begin until ethics clearance has been obtained.
- If the research involves animal care or biohazards, the supervisor of the dissertation is responsible for obtaining prior approval from the respective committees governing the above topics. Consult the Office of Research Services for details.
University research guidelines and resources:
- Graduate Studies Policy on Plagiarism and Authorship
- Research Policies from the Office of Research Services
- see also resources about copyright, intellectual property, and avoiding plagiarism
- Preparing for an academic career - resources for graduate students
- Guiding Principles for Graduate Supervision - developed by CAGS (Canadian Association of Graduate Studies)
- CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC guiding principles and policies about Access to Research Results